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Meet the Metta Team

Who We Are

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Kari Morrison MS, CMHC

Clinical Therapist/ Owner

I use a holistic person-centered approach and believe each individual has the ability to find the answers within. I view therapy as a place to explore the different parts of self that contribute to the whole of a person. I love helping others find the places within that feel blocked or stuck and help them address what is needed to help clients move forward with renewed hope. I believe as one begins the healing journey they will become more in tune with mind, body, spirit connection and can tap into their unique strengths to create a life with meaning and happiness.

I specialize in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) therapy. EMDR is a psychotherapy that enables individuals to heal from the symptoms of emotional distress from trauma or difficult life experiences. EMDR addresses issues that may be blocking life progress. I also use various other modalities including ACT, CBT, IFS and polyvagal theory catering therapy to specific individuals needs.

I work with anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, addiction, relationship issues and faith issues.  I see clients from ages 13+. *My schedule is limited to morning/mid day appointments only.* 

I am an advocate for breaking mental health stigmas. I believe in what I do and I hold space for each individual who comes to work with me. All clients are received with dignity, respect, and kindness.

mettautah@gmail.com

(801) 413-7683

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Christina Pierre, LCSW

Therapist 

Christina Pierre is a Clinical Social Worker with a background working with a variety of populations. Christina works with kids, teens and adults.  She has worked with children experiencing emotional dysregulation including ADHD, ODD, autism, generalized anxiety, and depression.. Her work with teens and adults includes anxiety, depression, substance use, process addictions, personality disorders and trauma. Christana finds joy in helping others take their power back and cultivate a life with purpose, connection and fulfillment. 

 

Christina has a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and a Masters degree in Social Work from Boise State University. Christina has worked in multiple settings using her education and skills to help people struggling with life difficulties. Christina uses her skills in DBT, CBT, trauma informed care, EMDR and will be utilizing mindfulness backed ACT therapy as a base with her Metta clients. She will be utilizing our sand tray therapy room, expressive arts therapy and play therapy with her younger clientele. 

 

Christina has a happy helpful disposition that helps people feel loved, seen and heard. She loves spending time outside hiking, running and skiing. She also loves spending time with her family including taking her daughter to dance and her son to basketball.

christinap@mettacounselingandwellness.com

(385) 743-2085

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Stacey Simmons, LCSW

Therapist 

Populations I'm passionate to work with are adults healing from childhood wounds and survivors of traumatic events. I also enjoy working with children and teens to help them navigate the unique challenges they face today. I have extensive experience with ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder.  I work with individuals with PTSD, religious trauma, depression, and pornography addiction to name a few. I’m an ally for the LGBTQIA+ community. I use ACT, inner child work. CBT, EMDR and other modalities. 

I provide a safe, nonjudgmental space for you to express your thoughts and emotions. Therapy doesn't always have to be a "sit down and talk" approach. I can incorporate sandtray, play therapy, art, games, and other creative techniques. I take into account how you learn best in order to help create a treatment plan you feel comfortable with.

Therapy can be a rough, scary road to go down, but can be one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. For any questions, I can be reached via email or phone. Please feel free to call to see if I would be a good fit to help you accomplish your goals.

stacey@mettacounselingandwellness.com

(801) 341-9448

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Kileigh Morgan, CSW

Therapist 

You know yourself the best, and wherever you are in life is where I will meet you, to begin your journey. At the root of it all I understand the importance of being human and how integral it is that we all feel connected to one another and heard.

I have experience working with Autism Spectrum Disorder, LGBTQ+ individuals, children, adolescents, and adults. I have experience with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Humanistic approach, and I a bit of spice into the mix with music and art therapy.

I know how scary and difficult it is to reach out. I have made it easy to get into contact with me through email, work phone call or text. Let's touch base, and find out if I am fit for you and your needs!

kileigh@mettacounselingandwellness.com

(801) 341-9448

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Samantha Sadlier, CSW

 

Therapist 

Samantha works with kids, teens and adults. She loves working with adolescents and young adults who need mental health support navigating life's challenges, learning coping skills, and improving behaviors that lead to successfully navigating the world today. She enjoys teaching others about mindfulness, meditation, and finding new and effective tools to help clients build their mental health toolbox.

 

Samantha sees clients with depression, anxiety, ADHD, ASD and more. Samantha has experience working with couples using the Gottman Couples Therapy Method. She uses CBT, ACT and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA Therapy). Samantha has experience implementing behavioral therapy strategies with autistic youth, teens, and adults. She uses trauma therapy interventions, as well as art in her work with clients.

 

Samantha was born in small-town Utah and has since lived in just about every area of this beautiful state. She enjoys taking her two children and three dogs on all kinds of outdoor adventures. She enjoys photography, yoga, relaxing on the beach with a good book, and road trips. She loves to connect with people from different backgrounds. LGBTQ+ affirming.

sam@mettacounselingandwellness.com

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Emily Hearne, LCSW

 

Therapist 

Emily received her Masters in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Utah and is a Certified Social Worker (CSW) in Utah. Emily has clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She has a soft spot for teens who are struggling with anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, ADHD, and other concerns that are disrupting life and affecting important relationships. She strongly believes that teens can benefit from the listening ear of an empathetic mental health professional as they navigate this sensitive period of development when they are learning how to trust themselves and develop self-worth. Emily also has experience leading parenting groups where parents learn behavior management techniques, discuss ways to connect with their children, set healthy boundaries, and restore family unity. 

 

Emily cares deeply about helping individuals accept themselves and learn how to use their inner voice as a supportive friend rather than an unhelpful critic. Her approach is strengths-based, where clients can be attuned to their own needs, gain tools to meet those needs, and develop a greater sense of agency and empowerment in their lives. You’ll find games, art supplies, clay, and fidget toys in her office.

 

Emily applies evidence-based interventions like Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Value based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Sandtray, and Art Therapy

emily@mettacounselingandwellness.com

(385) 374-0705

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Shanna Schroeder, CMHC

Therapist 

Shanna Schroeder meets clients where they are and helps them build the tools they need now and in the future. She provides cognitive behavioral therapy, rational emotive behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness techniques.

 

Shanna works great with teens, young adults and adults.  

She provides a nonjudgmental and accepting environment. She has several years of professional experience working in mental health.

Shanna works with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, ADD/ADHD, addiction/substance misuse. Shanna works with 13+ old teens and adults. 

shanna@mettacounselingandwellness.com

(801) 341-9448

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Silvana Martinez, CSW

Therapist 

I am deeply committed to helping clients from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds, recognizing the unique challenges and perspectives they bring. My passion lies in assisting individuals in navigating complex issues such as anxiety, depression, women's issues, and identity and self-exploration. By adopting a client-centered approach to therapy, I ensure that each session is tailored to meet the distinct needs and goals of my clients, fostering a personalized path to healing and growth.

 

My therapeutic approach is grounded in several evidence-based modalities, including Solution Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). These approaches enable me to provide comprehensive and effective treatment, addressing a wide range of psychological concerns. I am dedicated to creating a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment where clients feel empowered to explore their thoughts and emotions freely.

 

As a bilingual therapist fluent in both English and Spanish, I offer therapy sessions in both languages. This ensures that language barriers do not impede access to quality mental health care, and clients can express themselves in the language they are most comfortable with.

 

I am here to support you on your journey to mental well-being, providing the tools and guidance needed to navigate life's challenges. Let’s work together to achieve your goals and enhance your quality of life, fostering resilience and personal growth.

silvana@mettacounselingandwellness.com

(801) 341-9448

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Gina Wright

 

Practice Coordinator/ Billing

We are excited to have Gina as our Office Manager and Billing specialist.  Her educational background is in psychology.  Her professional background is in marketing and office management. Here at Metta she gets to combine all of her experience to help run our office. Gina is helps run things on the backend and also is at our front desk helping clients with insurance and billing. 

On a personal side, you can find her on long walks stopping to hug and baby talk every dog she sees. She has two dogs of her own.  She also is mom to a teenage daughter and son, who she may still baby talk here and there. 

info@mettacounselingandwellness.com

(801) 341-9448

Direct Google #:  (801) 341-9448

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Elizabeth Bird, ACMHC

Therapist 

Clients seeking help in interpersonal relationships, self-acceptance, and physiological distress will find a space to explore and discuss these concerns in an accepting, understanding, and compassionate space. I work with clients motivated for change using a holistic approach. I believe that our mind and body are intimately connected.

 

I use a variety of modalities, beginning with the understanding that every client brings in their own story and needs. I consider myself an eclectic therapist, grounded in Polyvagal Theory and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I use these frameworks and interventions to help guide clients into understanding their body's reactions to emotions and focus on acceptance rather than avoidance. I use DBT and CBT skills to help clients manage their emotions outside of therapy and encourage self-compassion throughout.


I know that sometimes life feels confusing, hopeless, and lonely. I want to foster a space of hope and healing for my clients. I believe in meeting everyone where they are and letting them direct sessions, using my experience to help reflect and explore other insights. Through mutual understanding, we can create a meaningful therapeutic relationship where you are able to explore your therapeutic goals, find your strengths, and create change.

elizabeth@mettacounselingandwellness.com

(385)-246-3174

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Joe Morrison

Owner

After seeing the impact mental health can have on anyone, including their family, Joe and Kari Morrison decided to open Metta. After Kari went back to school to become a therapist it was always their goal as a couple to create a private practice to help others. 

Joe's background is in the tech world, however he is passionate about providing a place of support for individuals and families who are experiencing difficult times.  Joe is the organizer, and handles a lot of the behind the scenes accounting and business administration. 

info@mettacounselingandwellness.com

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